I contacted my doctor about switching to Levemir as my HMO has made Lantus cost me almost twice as much as Levemir will. In passing I mentioned that I understand that I'll need to break my current total Lantus dose into two Levemir doses, 12 hours apart (due to the shorter efficacy time of the Levemir.) This was her reply:
"I will check with pharmacy on how to convert your Lantus to the Levemir safely."
Then, the next day:
"...To follow up on our previous discussion…Continue
I injected 23 IU of Lantus this morning in one site (I do two sites of 23 each) and held the needle in for ten seconds, pulled it half-way out and held it there for another ten seconds, pulled out the needle and then...watched a HUGE bead of almost-clear (very slightly tinged with blood) Lantus come right back out again.
I put on my scientist hat and drew the bubble into an empty syringe to measure it: NINE units. Almost half the dose.…Continue